A big part of the food adventure is discovering what pleases my family, not just myself. Pork chops is a good example of this. Last night I made pan fried pork chops to, hopefully, satisfy The Hubs.
I do not having pork chops very frequently growing up. I’m sure my mother made them; I just don’t have any strong memories of eating pork chops. As an adult I discovered that I cannot eat pork, other than an occasional ham-like meat. When I first started making pork chops I always baked them.
After a few years The Hubs finally let me know that he did not really like the way I made pork chops. In his childhood pork chops were either pan fried or Shake N Baked. Not wanting to use the packaged stuff I began trying out different methods of cooking pork chops.
I really felt like I was getting close, but each time it did not really hit the spot for The Hubs. So, last night I tried yet another pork recipe: pan fried pork chops.
The first positive sign that I received was from Daughter Number Four who asked me if that good smell was actually the pork chops. I told her that good smell was indeed the pork chops. She was looking forward to trying them.
As I was plating dinner they told me that these pork chops looked good. Daughter Number Four gave me a thumb’s up. While The Hubs did not rate the pork chops a 10 he did tell me that it far exceeded what I had made the last time. These pan fried pork chops were crispy and had better flavor in the coating. Additionally, they were tenderer than some of the previous attempts. Oddly, he wasn’t sure they were greasy enough. I can guarantee you that I will not be trying to make my pork chops greasier. Even though I won’t be eating them they seemed pretty greasy.
I will continue my quest to find the ultimate crispy fried pork chops for The Hubs. Food really does provide us a link to our past, and I want to do my best to give him that.
Do you have a favorite childhood food that your parents or grandparents made? What memories does it evoke for you? Let me know if it is something that you make for yourself.
Pan Fried Pork Chops
- 4 medium loin chops
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup bread crumbs
- 1 teaspoon cornmeal
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon rosemary (parsley, thyme blend)
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon onion salt
- Oil for cooking
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Add oil in a deep skillet, about 3 inches deep. Turn heat to medium high.
- In a low sided container, crack and beat egg. Add milk and combine.
- In a second low sided container combine flour, bread crumbs, corn meal, baking powder, and seasonings.
- One at a time coat pork chops with egg and milk mixture. Allow excess to drip off. Place coated chops in flour mixture and coat thoroughly. Press coating into meat gently. Lightly shake off any excess coating.
- Place coated pork chops into hot oil. Cook for 3-5 minutes or until golden. Flip gently, using tongs. Do not splash hot oil. Cook another 3-5 minutes.
- Remove from pan onto a paper towel covered platter to remove excess grease. Repeat with all chops.
- Place pork chops on a clean oven proof platter or skillet. Bake in oven for about 10 minutes. Insert a thermometer into the center of the thickest pork chop. Internal temperature should be 145 degrees.
- Remove pork chops from oven and allow to rest 5 minutes before serving.